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ILP political leader: Health card another ploy by Govt
Political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has predicted that doctors will not accept the Government’s proposed health cards from their patients because of payment concerns. “They would pay doctors? You feel doctors so stupid?” Warner asked hundred of supporters who gathered at Montrose, Chaguanas, on Thursday night.
Warner said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar stole his idea when she announced plans to roll out the health card, however, he cautioned voters that it was just another ploy by the Government to hold onto power. “When she spoke about something called a healthcare card—she stole my idea, of course—I laughed. No doctor today will take any healthcare card from Kamla and her Government.
On Monday, Persad-Bissessar announced at a UNC public meeting at Pepper Sauce Junction, Endeavour, Chaguanas, that a health-card programme will be implemented in three months to assist people who are enrolled in the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme. Warner said the PM believed she could have fooled the public with the promise of better healthcare but warned that the Government was only concerned about themselves.
The Chaguanas West MP then took the Government to task over the allocation of development funds to the Chaguanas Borough Corporation over the last three years. He said the corporation was being squeezed of funds while the Siparia and Penal/Debe regional corporations which fell under Persad-Bissessar and Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal’s constituencies saw drastic increases to their annual budgets.
“Chaguanas is the fastest growing borough in the whole country. The population of Chaguanas is more than Penal/Debe or Siparia or in Couva, but they give all the money to the others and they give us a little ‘cacada.’ “Therefore, what you see is that all the periods between 2011 to 2014, you will see of course the allocation to Chaguanas was increased by seven per cent, $2 million, but Penal/Debe by 45 per cent, $7.1 million, and Siparia by 53 per cent.”
Warner said the Government was failing to deliver so much that they were struggling to open the new Grand Bazaar Interchange in an effort to secure votes. “They opening things left right and centre but I’ll tell you something, they could do what they want, we will be glad.”
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